Márquez: Maybe I was too relaxed!
18 May 2014 – Marc Márquez has admitted that he may have been too relaxed during the opening lap of the French Grand Prix as he bounced back from dropping to tenth place to claim his fifth successive victory.
Márquez started from the front of the field again at Le Mans but slipped to fourth at the first corner. But worse was to come for the reigning champion as he had to take to the run-off to avoid Jorge Lorenzo further around the lap.
Márquez's brief excursion dropped him back to tenth, from which he charged through to claim the lead before mid-distance.
"I am really happy with this win, which was different to the other victories," he said. "I made a mistake at the start; maybe I was too relaxed off the line, then when Jorge passed me I had to take a wide line otherwise we would have touched and as a result, many riders overtook me.
"However, from that moment on I began a really good comeback it was a lot of fun, ending in my fifth consecutive victory. Although it might look easy to people, we are working extremely hard and this is the reward for the whole team."
Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa endured a difficult time as he finished in fifth.
"It was a very difficult race to manage, because I didn't get a bad start but had [Andrea] Iannone and [Bradley] Smith coming through very strong on the opening corner; they split the group and even pushed a rider off-track," he said.
"However, this wasn't the main problem, I had an issue with the front tyre preventing me from making my way up the order.
"Every time that I tried to be more aggressive I had a lack of grip and it took many laps for me to move forward. It's a shame, because I didn't find a setup that allowed me to ride comfortably and we didn't have a good race. I think I can go a lot faster here than what we saw today."
Márquez's unbeaten start to the season leaves him with a 42 point buffer to nearest rival Pedrosa, ahead of the next round in Italy at the start of June.